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Margo K. Lindauer

Associate Clinical Professor and Director, Clinical Programs; Director, Domestic Violence Institute

Wellesley College, BA 2003
Northeastern University School of Law, JD 2007
Georgetown University Law Center, LLM 2012

Professor Lindauer holds a joint appointment with the School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences and serves as director of clinical programs. She also directs Northeastern Law's Domestic Violence Institute and Domestic Violence Clinic and supervises all of the clinical programs.

While the clinic is open only to upper-level students, Professor Lindauer oversees a first-year opportunity for students to volunteer in the Domestic Violence Institute’s Legal Assistance to Victims (LAV) project, a unique interdisciplinary collaboration with Casa Myrna, the largest domestic violence advocacy organization in Boston.  Through funding from the US Department of Justice’s Office for Violence Against Women, the LAV project seeks to connect individuals impacted by domestic violence with legal services, at those places they may first turn to for help.

Prior to joining the Northeastern community, Professor Lindauer worked at Project Place as the director of Partnerships to Opportunities for Women in Re-Entry (POWR), where she oversaw the implementation of an innovative US Department of Labor grant dedicated to working with female ex-offenders within six months of re-entry. This built upon her extensive background in domestic violence work at Casa Myrna Vazquez, Respond, Inc., and at Georgetown’s Domestic Violence Clinic. Professor Lindauer gained valuable clinical teaching experience at Georgetown, where she earned her LLM and at Suffolk University Law School, where she served as a teaching fellow in the Child Advocacy Clinic and the Juvenile Defender Clinic.

In 2019, Professor Lindauer was named a Bellow Scholar at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) in New Orleans. The Bellow Scholar Program, administered the by the AALS Clinical Section, recognizes and supports the research projects of clinical law professors that reflect the ideals of Professor Gary Bellow — a pioneering founder of modern clinical legal education. Every two years, the Bellow Scholar Program seeks innovative project proposals from clinical legal educators designed to improve the quality of justice in communities, enhance the delivery of legal services, and promote economic and social justice. Professor Lindauer’s project goal is to assess correlations between civil restraining order procurement and outcomes in criminal prosecutions for domestic violence and sexual assault and then make recommendations for policy changes based on the empirical findings to reduce inequality in outcomes and to improve access to justice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Professor Lindauer is a member of the board of governors of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). She actively mentors students and young attorneys who seek careers advocating for victims of domestic violence. Professor Lindauer also organized the law school’s recent “Finding the Nexus” conference in collaboration with the law school’s Center for Health Policy and Law. The conference brought together hundreds of advocates,  lawyers, elected officials and policy makers in the domestic violence and sexual assault space. Professor Lindauer has been quoted in The Boston Globe and other media outlets.

Fields of Expertise

  • Child Welfare
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Law
  • Juvenile Courts
  • Spanish for Lawyers

Selected Works